Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Pop is bad

AMA Warns that Soda Pop is Major Health Hazard for Kids & Adults - "...Somebody who drinks one can a day could put on 15lb over a year..." Yikes. I think I'll stick to water, coffee, and beer.

- Friday, August 27, 2004

Alienware Notebook for badass video editing

I came across this article that compares an Alienware Notebook against several top-of-the-line desktops. Of the five computers in the benchmark, it is the cheapest at a mere $3075. What is really surprising is that it beats out the Mac Dual G5 which has 2x the CPUs, 3x the RAM, and it costs over $1300 more than the Alienware's laptop! I remember a time when DV editing was one of Apple's strong-points but it get's smoked by the laptop in just about every area. They do still shine in the "starving artist" category where artists who use the Macs will be starving after coughing up all that dough and not being able to put out work faster.

Posting and You

KS | tech

- Thursday, August 26, 2004

Ron Burgundy says it's the greatest song ever - or he'll fight you

Will Ferrell (& co.) - Afternoon Delight (I think you'll need winamp for this one)

KS | music

Hooray for the peons

1.3 million more Americans in poverty. 15.6% of all NYS residents don't have health insurance. Yikes! At least gas is cheap.

- Wednesday, August 25, 2004

F NY

Fuck New York, a brief, wtf/political/humorous film from Davey's AIM profile. (warning: link contains adult language)

KS | politix | wtf

Aluminum Bottles or Bottle Shaped Cans

Jon sent me a link to some Pittsburgh company that is making bottle-shaped aluminum beer containers. I guess they're more efficient and "unbreakable" but there's just something about that brushed-metal look that makes them even cooler.

[Update]: Gizmodo.

- Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The New Michael Jordan of Quake/Doom?

Tom's Hardware points out a bunch of cool shit at QuakeCon 2004. The Fatal1ty Quake 3 champion dude has not only his own booth babes, but Abit has licensed the Fatal1ty name for a line of products - basically the Air Jordans of the computing world. There was a shootout against him that sounds like it was a pretty awesome deathmatch. The winner, Daler, got a bunch of stuff. Then they had some crazy Quake 3 and Doom 3 double-elimination tournaments with prizes of $25K, $15K, and $12K for the top three in each one. It sounds like it was pretty cool.
gamez | tech

- Monday, August 23, 2004

CSS/XHTML Validity

This blog isn't 100% CSS or XHTML compliant. The CSS is probably easily fixable, the following CSS is what's invalid:

form[id=Form2] input
{
-moz-opacity: 0.50;
background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 127);
}

form[id=Form2] input:HOVER, form[id=Form2] input:FOCUS, form[id=Form2] input:ACTIVE
{
-moz-opacity: 0.90;
background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 229);
}

I'm sure there's an alternative to -moz-opacity that's CSS compliant, but I haven't found it yet. I thought that the rgba(n,n,n,n) syntax was at least valid CSS3, but that didn't seem to validate either. I just switched to opacity and it validates and works fine in FF, yay!

The XHTML isn't as easily fixable. I'm pretty sure that this is about as valid as it gets without re-compiling the .Text source.

  • None of the pages with forms validate due to the way .Net renders out the <script> tags.
  • The main page doesn't validate due to an asp:literal in the Day control that spits out: Title = "x". (note the spacing and capitalization)
  • The Post pages have asp:literals that have <link> tags used for pingbacks in bad spots and they have end tags either.
  • The comments people post are converted to HTML instead of XHTML
  • The posts I make aren't always perfect either (damn those & in urls)

The last one is pretty much the only one I can control at this point. I could probably even eliminate the last two by hacking a few SPs. If anyone knows a solution for the others without recompiling, please let me know. I have to say that even though .Text wasn't XHTML compliant out-of-the-box, it really has a great architecture and it has been fairly easy to upgrade to XHTML compliancy.

-moz- | tech

$3USD Firefox plush dog toy

On our ADK trip Sherry and I bought this squeaky dog toy at one of the stores up there:
firefox aka red panda aka raccoon(?)
Now the I know the description says "raccoon", but judge for yourself which it is supposed to be: raccoon or "red panda" aka firefox. Aside from the fact that the dog loves it, I think that the mozilla organization could prolly resell these cute lil F'ers to geeks and their chicklets everywhere for about 5x that price and absorb a bunch'o'capital.

I have some pictures of a red panda from the Syracuse Zoo: (1) (2) (3). (I can smell the 403.9 errors my crappy server is gonna get from those images already, damn RR and their limited uploads and damn 2000 Pro IIS and its limit of 10 users!)

[EDIT]: I forgot to mention that the firefox logo actually looks more like a red fox, than a red panda. Maybe it's some crazy hybrid of the two?